New Delhi: The returning officer for the Rajya Sabha election in Haryana said on Monday that there was no problem with the polling process on Saturday, after the surprise loss of a candidate backed by the Congress party raised allegations of foul play.

“There has been no problem in the polling process. Proper videography has happened. Everything has happened as per norms. I have done my duty properly and I am going to send my report to the Election Commission and it is up to them now,’’ returning officer R.K. Nandal said.

On Monday, the Congress party asked the Election Commission to hold a re-election. On Saturday, independent candidate R.K. Anand, backed by the Congress party, lost after the votes of 14 of its legislators were found invalid.

The party alleged that the pen which was used to mark the votes was “replaced by someone". When asked if this allegation could affect the polling process, Nandal refused to comment.

Notably, the MLAs whose votes are invalid owe allegiance to former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and many party leaders claim it was because of a “rebellion" by the Hooda camp that the party-backed candidate lost.

“Necessary arrangements are made for requisite furniture, pens (blue ink ball point) with pen stands, etc. at the polling booth and counting centre as per the directions received from the Election Commission," reads the sectional manual of office procedure (SMOP) prepared by the Rajya Sabha secretariat.

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